People / Martin Bartlett

Musician, composer. Martin Bartlett was born in 1939. He studied English and music at the University of British Columbia and received a Master of Arts in Electroacoustic Music from Mills College (Oakland, California) where he studied under Terry Riley and Pandit Pranh Nath. Notable influences on his work include the music and writings of John Cage, electronic composers David Tudor, Pauline Oliveros and David Behrman, Indian musicians, K.R.T. Wasitodipuro, and the music of the Javanese gamelan. A pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, Bartlett established the music program at the Western Front and co-founded the Electronic Music Studio at Simon Fraser University. Also an Indonesian music teacher, Bartlett established the Music of Two Worlds Summer Music Intensives. During these intensives, participants learned the techniques of both Indonesian gamelan and dance and of interactive computer music. In their provocative combination of disparate forms of composition and performance, the intensives—which started in the late 1980s—were prescient and sensitive to the changing demographic landscape of the city, the province, and the country. Bartlett passed away in 1993.

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    Martin Bartlett and Michael de Courcy (Photograph)
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    Martin Bartlett and Michael de Courcy (Photograph)